There’s a commonly held belief that we’re merely bodies. What an extraordinary diminishment!
The statement “We’ve always done it this way” is all by itself the best reason to stop doing it.
Institutional violence kills vastly more people than criminals do. War is conceived and executed by the sane and sober, by institutions whose chief feature is conformity.
Is there anything more dispiriting than sameness?
Loyalty is not a virtue—unless omerta is, unless conformity, accommodation and codes of conduct are, unless the virtues are strategic, personal and exclusionary. Make no vows, Jesus said, speaking to the deaf.